Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,290,428)
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (FDJJ) mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. This is consistent with the vision of Florida’s State Advisory Group (SAG) in equipping Florida’s children and families with the necessary resources to be safe, strong and successful.
The Title II Formula Grants Program Funding assists Florida’s effort in providing services for at-risk youth, system involved youth and their families. The Title II Formula Grant application serves as Florida’s amended three-year plan and application to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 2002, as amended by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act 2018.
As the state’s administering agency and administrator of the Title II Formula Grant Funding, FDJJ will use funds to support Florida’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention programs, Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group, Compliance Monitoring, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R/ED), Delinquency Prevention, Girl Services, Human Trafficking, Gang Violence, Mentoring Services, Rural Area Juvenile Programs, Hate Crimes, Learning and other Disabilities, Positive Youth Development, and Native American Programming as the main areas of focus.
Planning and Administration will ensure effective administration and internal control and will have more than one staff who ensures the effective monitoring, R/ED compliance, accountability, and fiscal responsibility of federally funded delinquency prevention programs.
Compliance Monitoring Services will ensure compliance with the requirements of the JJDP Act and develop innovative training to improve monitoring systems in Florida. R/ED will continue its efforts of collaborating with local Law Enforcement, Schools, Judicial Systems, and families in educating about R/ED addressing the needs of minority youth.
Delinquency Prevention funds will be used to support prevention programs that focus on at-risk youth and seek to prevent and intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system. Delinquency Prevention Specialists will educate community stakeholders on delinquency prevention programming, research and polices; participate in community outreach and engagement activities; coordinate and facilitate Prevention Services youth and community events; develop and maintain effective partnerships and affiliations with local community organizations.
Florida will bridge collaboration with Native American Programming to develop strategies.